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Arizona State claims tournament title

Dec 3, 2006 - 5:31 AM TEMPE, Arizona (Ticker) -- Kirsten Thompson came through with her team shorthanded.

Thompson scored 19 points on 9-of-10 shooting to lead 12th-ranked Arizona State to an 85-72 victory over Northern Arizona in the championship game of the Arizona State Classic.

Danielle Orsillo also scored 19 points for the Sun Devils (7-1), who were without three starters, including Emily Westerberg, the team's leading scorer.

Westerberg, Reagan Pariseau and Aubree Johnson traveled to Idaho to attend the funeral of Johnson's 15-year-old brother, Jordan Johnson, who died in his sleep on November 25 while attending a tournament in the Virgin Islands to watch Arizona State play.

Jill Noe added 17 points and nine rebounds for the Sun Devils, who shot 56 percent (34-of-61) from the field.

Alyssa Wahl scored 18 points and Laura Dinkins added 15 and 13 rebounds for Northern Arizona (5-4), which shot 47 percent (26-of-55) overall and a torrid 56 percent (15-of-27) in the second half.






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